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By ESPN Staff

Lomas named St Johnstone boss

Steve Lomas has been named as St Johnstone's new manager as the chairman, Geoff Brown, stepped down from his role.

St Johnstone have been looking for a new manager since the departure of Derek McInnes to Championship side Bristol City and Brown was impressed by Lomas' enthusiasm, a trait seen at the club before in both McInnes and another ex-manager, Owen Coyle.

"We met as a board on a number of occasions and decided that there was one man who never seemed to be off the phone or texting,'' Brown said. "He was very keen to get the post.

"We decided to meet up to interview him. Steve came up on Sunday where the four board members decided unanimously to offer Steve the job.''

Lomas, who will be assisted by former international team-mate Tommy Wright, said of his appointment: "It's the right time. Even when I was playing I wanted to be a manager. The way I played, I was captain at most of my clubs.

"I never sat about waiting for it to happen. I have done my licences and courses and got experience at non-league level. I coached the youths at Norwich and the reserves at West Ham. I had a couple of offers before this but I feel this is the right club.''

Lomas played under Harry Redknapp, Alan Ball, Peter Reid and Glenn Roeder, among others, during his playing career.

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